22 days in Zambia, Botswana & Malawi Itinerary

22 days in Zambia, Botswana & Malawi Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 1 night
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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Livingstone, Zambia — 4 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Livingstone Museum and The National Art Gallery, Livingstone. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Crocodile Park, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Livingstone road trip app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Livingstone is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lusaka.
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Lusaka, Zambia — 2 nights

Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Chaminuka Game Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Eastpark Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilayi Elephant Nursery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lusaka vacation planner.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Chobe National Park.
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Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Chobe Day Trips, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Steenbok Safari.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chobe National Park trip builder site.

You can fly from Lusaka to Chobe National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Go for a jaunt from Ngamiland East to Moremi Game Reserve to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve about 58 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Mosu Safari Tours and stop by Motsana Maun.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 4 nights

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Get some cultural insight at ISKCON Gaborone and Christ the King Cathedral. Family-friendly places like Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Maroon Tours & Safaris will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Balaji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, and make a trip to Matsieng's Footprints.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaborone holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Ngamiland East, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Gaborone, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mulanje.
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Mulanje, Malawi — 1 night

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mulanje trip builder site.

You can fly from Gaborone to Mulanje in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Gaborone, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Mulanje, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Blantyre.
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Blantyre, Malawi — 1 night

As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stop by Tiyamike Sewing, soothe aching muscles at Serendib Hair Day Spa, then hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, and finally view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Blantyre trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mulanje to Blantyre takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Lilongwe.
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 2 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to World War I Memorial, relax and rejuvenate at Khondi Spa Retreat, then stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and finally stroll through Nature Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lilongwe route website.

Fly from Blantyre to Lilongwe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Zambia travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
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Botswana travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.
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Malawi travel guide

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Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.
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